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On Writing The Book

So I’m half-way through How (Not) To Get Your Poetry Published, the new, enlarged, revised, authorised, homogenised edition containing the Answer To It All.

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Jinny Fisher
Really looking forward to the book, Nell. Have you set us a quiz? My guess is that "How to win the National Poetry Competition" is... Read More
Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:40
Guest — Nell Nelson
Correct, Jinny. But what a shame, eh?
Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:54
Guest — Annie Fisher
This is looking like a great read already Nell. The chapter (definitely needs a whole chapter) on how to win the National Poetry ... Read More
Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:58
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Ten Reasons for NOT reading today's HappenStance blog

1. Because you could read Fiona Moore’s blog instead.

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Guest — Fiona
Thanks Nell, I wondered why I was getting hits from Happenstance. Now I could try to write a poem but need to finish making the ma... Read More
Sunday, 24 January 2016 11:35
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
Nell, you always hearten. And make me laugh. And make me feel good about writing. So I'll go and do some when I've read Fiona Moor... Read More
Sunday, 24 January 2016 11:53
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So now I have read Fiona's post TWICE - but Nell, you made me read it properly second time around. Thank you. Now (after Fiona M... Read More
Monday, 25 January 2016 09:25
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POETRY, OPOIs AND MOON-WALKING BEARS

Fact: you don’t see one thing when you’re looking for another.

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HAPPENSTANCE GOES WELSH

Scottish poets? No problem.

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Guest — Gill McEvoy
Thank you, Nell -you've reminded me I'd like to buy a copy of Stephen Payne's book, and maybe I should also get a copy of your fir... Read More
Sunday, 18 October 2015 11:43
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What is poetry FOR?

That was the question I couldn’t answer.

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Guest — jenny galton-fenzi
This is not profound: poetry cheers me up in the small hours. Your Izal story reminded me of the Robert Herrick pc you sent me o... Read More
Sunday, 20 September 2015 17:11
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
Nell, one of your throwaway lines in this blog is haunting me: "the precise and beautiful edge between life and death where readin... Read More
Sunday, 20 September 2015 17:39
Guest — Nell
Thank you both. The readiness is plagiarized from Hamlet. That's why it's so good. ... Read More
Sunday, 20 September 2015 18:29
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WHY I LIKE THIS POEM

(or actually fell in love with it the first time I saw it).

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Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
That is one perfect and lovely metaphor from start to finish . It's where I am right now, counting stones, doing those things, a b... Read More
Sunday, 31 May 2015 11:45
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